Hello Saints Families!

We would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to all parents and students for making our first few weeks as smooth as possible! We would like to thank all of our parents for all of the work you have done to prepare your children to return to school, from wearing masks, washing and sanitizing hands, to teaching them about physical distancing. The staff are committed to continuing to teach the importance of all of the safety measures we have in place.

Saints Spirit Days-

Don’t forget every Thursday is SPIRIT DAY. Staff and students will be wearing Spirit Wear (We will not be selling spirit wear this year) or Blue or Yellow to show our school spirit. Go Saints!

Staff communication –

Classroom teachers will be in touch with families shortly regarding their on-line platform and communication. If you do need to get in contact with staff via email – firstname.lastname@wcdsb.ca

Terry Fox Run/Walk –  Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.

St. Clement Catholic Elementary School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Each class will be walking (physically distanced) individually for this worthy cause. In the past, we have collected toonies for Terry. Unfortunately, we are unable to collect money due to COVID-19. You are still able to donate under our school name by clicking on this link. Please help show your support by donating.

 

School Agendas

School agendas have been purchased again by the generous donation from school council. Please be sure that you have read and understood the School Handbook found in the front of the student agenda. There is much important information including dates, safe arrival and departure routines, cell phone use, internet safety and more.

Virtual Open House Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2020.

Although we would love for everyone to see our new building and meet your child’s teacher in person, we are not able to do this due to our circumstances. However, teachers are going to meet with their you virtually! Classroom teachers will be sending you links to the virtual meeting. Below you will find the schedule time for the meetings. Please contact your child(ren)’s classroom teacher for any questions.

Virtual Open House Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2020.

Educator Last Name Grade Date of Virtual Tour Time of Virtual Tour
Kirby/Good/Robles Kindergarten Tues. Sept. 29th 6:30 p.m.
DeLeo/Souto Kindergarten Mon., Sept 28 4:00 pm
Hehn 1 Tues., Sept 29th 5:30 p.m.
Kittel 2 Tues. Sept. 29th 6:00pm
Soobir 3 Wed., Sept 30th 5:30pm
Dunn 3/4 Thurs., Oct.1st 5:30 p.m.
Spiak 4/5 Thurs. Oct 1 4:00 pm
Milardovic 5/6 Thurs. Oct. 1 4:30 pm
Ouellette 7/8 Wed, Sept 30 3:30 pm
McCartney 7 Thurs. Oct. 1 5:30 p.m.

 

Nutrition For Learning

Our school began Nutrition for Learning this week. Bins will be distributed to each classroom. Students wanting a snack will sanitize / wash their hands first and then pick the snack to consume at their desk. Please discuss with your child(ren) and let him/her know if it is okay with you if they take a snack each day. Any wrappings from the NFL bags will be included in lunch bags coming home each day so you are aware of what is consumed at school and to help support boomerang lunches.

Message from WCDSB about changing to Virtual/ Remote Learning or changing to Face-to-Face Learning:

Dear Parents / Guardians:

When we commenced the school year back in early September, we announced that the first transition point for families to switch their children from virtual learning to face to face learning (or vice versa), would be the Thanksgiving weekend.

In Elementary Schools: families/students may transition after the Thanksgiving weekend — but after that it will be only at Progress Reports in November and the first Report Card in January.

To assist in planning to accommodate the needs of families, interested families with students in elementary schools will find the transition form on our main webpage from Sept 24th  at 9 a.m. to Sept 28th at 6 p.m.  Requests must be made within this window of time.

You should not access the Transition Form at this time.

The form will be available on WCDSB main webpage in the spotlight section – www.wcdsb.ca

Safety Drills –

We will have the required safety drills (3 fire drills, 1 Tornado Drill, 1 Lockdown) in the next couple of weeks. We will adhere to COVID recommendations (social distancing, and one class at a time through one exit).

Thanksgiving Food Drive-

In the spirit of our faith we would still like to have a Thanksgiving food drive to help those in need. Due to the current circumstances, we are not able to collect food items as we have in the past. Instead we have set up Thanksgiving donations on School Cash On-line for families to donate. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Orange Shirt Day –

Orange Shirt Day is held annually on September 30 — is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, to ensure the story and learning are passed on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope.

Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools are proud to mark Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, and honoured to stand in solidarity with all residential school survivors and their families, as together we seek justice, reconciliation and true partnership with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.

As part of this commitment, the school board recently adopted the following land acknowledgement – to henceforth be used at all Waterloo Catholic District School Board events of significance:

I (we) would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather today is the land traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee*, Anishinaabe** and Neutral People. I (we) also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws and philosophies of the Indigenous People with whom we share this land today.

Umbrella Project

One of the most fundamental and well-researched predictors of childhood wellbeing and resilience is the quality of the relationships that children have in their lives. As the busyness of the school year picks up, remember that strong relationships need time to nurture and build. Before you add homework and extracurriculars into your child’s schedule, be sure to prioritize time in your weekly schedule for family bonding, friends, play and other important relationship-based activities as critical to support your child’s well-being. One idea that regularly pops up in the research as big builders of relationship skills for your child is family meal time. Find time for family meals together as often as possible. This seemingly simple activity improves parent-child connectedness and supports positive behaviours and health, especially as your child reaches their teen years.

Here is What is Happening …

Sept. 29th – St. Clement Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting at 6:30 PM – Virtual Meeting

Sept. 30th – Orange Shirt Day

Oct. 1st – Spirit Wear/ Blue and Yellow Day!

Oct. 1st – St. Clement Terry Fox Run day! (Rain date will be Oct. 2nd)

Looking forward to another great week!